An impressive 120 filmmakers from eight countries gathered for the Festival in Avalon to showcase their work, including cinema icons such as Oscar-nominated Mark Rydell, director of â€œOn Golden Pond,â€ starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn; and â€œThe Rose,â€ starring Bette Midler, and â€œJames Dean,â€ in which he discovered and helped earn James Franco a Golden Globe.
And the Winners Areâ€¦
Among award winners at the Festival was Avalon resident Scott Dennis, along with his writing partner, Monika Henning, who resides in Hawaii. The two won the Avalon Screenplay Award for â€œFire and Rainâ€ â€“ a supernatural thriller about a young historian who uncovers a covert conspiracy surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor.
â€œThis the first time Monika and I have ever walked this out to the world,â€ Dennis said. â€œIt was very gratifying that these professional readers thought our screenplay had merit,â€ he said. â€œThis has been a seven-year part-time project.â€
Catalina Film Festival First-Place Winners
Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award â€“ Stan Lee
Majestic Award â€“ â€œWith Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,â€ directed by Terry Dougas, Nikki Frakes and Will Hess
Best Feature Film â€“ â€œIrvine Welshâ€™s Ecstasy,â€ directed by Roy Heydon
Best Animated Film â€“ â€œThumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon,â€ directed by Brad Schaffer
Best Documentary â€“ â€œSunset Strip,â€ directed by Hans Fjellestaf
Best Short Film â€“â€œTrotteur,â€ directed my Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc
Best Screenplay Award â€“ â€œBoarders,â€ by â€œSkipâ€ Harold Clark
Catalina Island Conservancy Isla Earth Award of Excellence â€“ â€œConfessions of an Eco-Terrorist,â€ directed by Peter Jay Brown
Catalina Island Conservancy Isla Earth Award of Merit â€“ â€œRock the Boat,â€ directed by Thea Mercouffer
Career Tribute Award â€“ Mark Rydell